Flynn’s novels still score high for circulation in 3M Cloud Library. Talk about long tail. If you missed her Reddit Ask-Me-Anything, Flavorwire did a nice roundup, and, yes, she talks about the forthcoming David Fincher adaptation of Gone Girl.
This message comes to us from the affable Mili Hernandez, who runs Cloud publishing partner Editorial Egales, the largest publisher of LGBT books in Spanish. I met Mili via translator and writer Lawrence Schimel at the Guadalajara International Book Fair last December.
I love the question she posed to me at her booth: “How are you going to treat my books?” With great care and collection development sense, Mili. It sealed the deal.
Look for Editorial Egales’s core backlist in CAT soon. And if you’ve never heard of World Book Day/Night, read all about it here.
"With the influx of unlimited subscription models for our digital lifestyle consumption, I decided to figure out how much it would cost for me to access to unlimited eBooks, Movies, Music, and Magazines," says Lo Min Ming.
His answer: about $75.
“This is what I think Amazon Prime aims to be - a single subscription plan for everything…”
And yet libraries are cheaper and have a wider selection if you’re willing to spend some time in holds queues.
“The novel, which is described in Hotel Florida as ‘a quasi-autobiographical chick-lit bildungsroman about three college girls looking for sex and the meaning of life but instead finding disillusion and the clap,’ sounds like something I’d actually like to read.”—
Jason Diamond of Flavorwire in his passionate bid to bring Martha Gellhorn’s debut novel, What Mad Pursuit (1934), back into print.
I have yet to undergo a Gellhorn phase, but it’s roiling somewhere inside my brain, choosing its moment carefully. Gellhorn was a badass, to quote Diamond, a fierce feminist and an uncompromising war correspondent (never mind her marriage to Ernest “Alkie” Hemingway).
If you weren’t satisfied with the recent HBO biopic (I thought Nicole Kidman channeled her character’s wartime steeliness well), Amanda Vaill’s Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War, out today from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is another point of entry into Gellhorn’s incredible life, per Diamond.
Never heard of the Caine Prize for African Writing? It’s awarded to a work (a short story) by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Mondo amazing collection development tool.
Thanks for the education, Jonathan. I’ll post the shortlist later today.
I had a hunch it was just a matter of time before Common Core, the state-adopted educational standards in this country, would become politicized. At the Educational Book & Media Conference in January (read my summary here), there was no talk of Republicans versus Republicans (versus Democrats), but you can expect more articles like this.
Publishers market their K-12 content to align with Common Core, FYI, and many school and public librarians collect the same way. I am curious to see what effect the GOP’s split will have on both practices.
I should clarify that the subhead is mine, but fitting when you consider these results from LJ's annual report, a must-read for Team Collection Development, addictive data to feed your head.
Ebook budgets are up 20%, and libraries serving populations of 100,000–249,999 boast ebook budget bump-ups averaging an eye-popping 46.5%.
Since 2009, print book budgets have inevitably fallen in favor of ebook dollars, with ebooks escalating from 1% to 7% of the materials budget overall and averaging closer to 10% at the biggest libraries.
Nancy Messenger, Sno-Isle Libraries, WA, responds to the question about her library’s circulation boost with an enthusiastic “ebooks, ebooks, ebooks!”
Fiction makes up 80% of ebook circulation, as it did in 2012.
Among fiction’s various genres, mystery remains king, though its grip slipped somewhat in 2013, when 95% of respondents reported it as one of their top five fiction circulators; in 2012, its share was 99%.
Fitness and weight-loss books as their own subjects apart from health show that their circulation has soared nearly 30% in the last eight years.
“There are times even now, when I awake at four o’clock in the morning with the terrible fear that I have overslept; when I imagine that my father is waiting for me in the room below the darkened stairs or that the shorebound men are tossing pebbles against my window while blowing their hands and stomping their feet impatiently on the frozen steadfast earth.”—
“In early 2013, we redesigned our website and put e-content front and center. Of course, a lot of our patrons were already using our OverDrive service, but adding 3M Cloud Library and putting both right up front made a difference.”—
Nancy Messenger, director of Sno-Isle Libraries, WA, in Library Journal’s must-read 2014 Materials Survey.
Ebooks are not the rock stars of overall circulation (that would still be print, followed by DVDs and audiobooks), but in communities where the stars align (and where librarians flex marketing muscle), the format can mean a serious numbers boost.
I had to post this even if Brackstone’s effort failed (Moz published his memoir with Cloud publishing partner Penguin), because I can’t recall the last time a major publisher trumpeted perversity as a calling card.
Romance gets a lot of well-deserved ink in publishing news, but in terms of overall circulation, as in print and e, mystery still holds the top spot. I’ve been rediscovering this statistic as of late thanks to Kristi Chadwick’s excellent overview.
You’ll notice me digging deeper for whodunits, etc., in Top New Releases from the likes of Witness Impulse, the e-original thriller imprint from HarperCollins. P.S. The Edgar Awards are only a few weeks away!
It’s about bloody time! Blondie co-founder Chris Stein’s epic, of-the-moment punk photos, featuring Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Lester Bangs, and other icons of the era, will be published in September by Cloud publishing partner Rizzoli.
For a sneak peek of the images, sign up for Stein’s juicy Instagram. Or, buy the May 2014 issue of MOJO magazine, featuring a candid interview with Debbie.
This will no doubt end up being one of my favorite books of 2014.
Owing to my being entangled in much business at the London Book Fair last week, I missed the news about the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist. Note that the BWPF used to be the Orange Prize for Fiction, and it “celebrates excellence, originality, and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.” An important prize for Team Collection Development to track, in other words.
One of this year’s judges is librarian favorite Caitlin Moran, FYI. I love the look on her face in the press release photo.
What do we make of the contenders (all of which are in Cloud except for Magee and McBride)?
“Researchers found that being too busy, not enjoying reading, and preferring to spend their spare time on the internet mean men read fewer books, read more slowly, and are less likely to finish them than women.”—
A study published today by the UK’s Reading Agency (through which I met my library twin, Sandy Mahal, well worth a follow if you want to track literacy goings-on in England). Well, we’re not surprised, are we? And yet, women still do not rule the world.
Once more, I must point collection development and readers’ advisory librarians to Douglas Lord, who writes the gut-bustingly hilarious and educational Books for Dudes column for Library Journal. If anyone can help you attract the elusive 18-45 male demographic, it’s he.
Here are two favorite roundups (I confess I used to edit him, but still: he has great taste and co-mingles fiction and nonfiction):
Yet again, the Cloud expands, this time thanks to the arrival of Abrams. We’re so pleased to have the catalog that contains, among other franchises, the Wimpy Kid series, which will become available to us once we have finished building functionality to support fixed format epub (in which many highly illustrated kids’ ebooks are published).
“Members can also bring together their favourite ‘shops’ to create a virtual high street of book recommendations. They can select shops owned by friends or family, as well as famous authors, local bookstores, or librarians.”—Going back to last week’s announcement about Penguin Random House’s My Independent Bookshop initiative, I hope PRH’s UK office reaches out to the public librarians of the UK. We met with six amazing women from Lewishman council, and they would no doubt have much to contribute.
On the opening day of the London Book Fair last week, the above news broke, quietly, I might add, as we were all busy running from booth to booth doing our B-to-B thing. Mulling over the show while I nurse a cold, I agree with Michael Bhaskar, digital publisher of Profile Books:
If there was one piece of news worth paying attention to at the Fair it’s the $46m funding round for @wattpad
I carry on a lot about Wattpad, and not because I think it’s going to disrupt how Cloud librarians do collection development or even how publishers publish books. What’s so arresting is the intimacy Wattpad offers between writer and reader, a relationship not far removed perhaps from the relationship librarians have with power patrons.
It may be a prime example of publishing jargon that many want to go away, but discovery is undoubtedly a theme of this year’s London Book Fair. Read the announcement about Penguin Random House’s My Independent Bookshop (now in by-invitation-only beta and focused on the UK), and now this: Peter McCarthy and Mike Shatzkin’s new Logical Marketing Agency.
“What we’re doing is applying the most modern and sophisticated digital marketing techniques and capabilities to the challenges faced by book publishers and authors — and therefore agents — and, because the same techniques apply — also by brands.”
How libraries can leverage their discovery powers is a question I’ve always got on my mind.
Say you want to attend the London Book Fair this week but can’t and aspire to grapple with discussion points. Or, maybe you just crave insight into the mind of the mid-harmonized Penguin Random House. Read this.
After a three-hour delay caused by our being re-routed to New Foundland to get a sick passenger emergency care, I finally got to my ‘hood away from my ‘hood, Clerkenwell, in northern London. Walking through the hip hustle bustle lite on Exmouth Market, I felt something was off and looked up: my favorite bookshop in the area, Clerkenwell Tales, had been shuttered.
A tweet got me an answer. Best wishes to your second go in Toronto, a fine book city. Now I need a new bookshop.
“Amazon has recently instituted 16 subcategories for literary fiction and 25 for historical fiction.”—
If you thought Amazon cared only about selling and publishing genre fiction, you’d be wrong, it seems. As I learned this morning via Faber & Faber publisher Stephen Page, last fall the mega e-tailer instituted subcategories that could help literary writers self-publish and track their progress on the site.
As blogger Claude Nougat pointed out in her illuminating post about why literary writers lag behind genre writers on self-publishing, self-promotion, etc.:
Sub-categories are important because they each have their own Top 100 list, Hot New Releases list, Popularity list and Top Rated list, and remember, that’s the primary way the Amazon market is organized: it sells through “top 100″ lists. Reviews are important, but lists are even more important to boost up a title.